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Special Days in January, 2019

Here’s the list of January, 2019 holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries,  and more!  Whether you’re looking for something special to study, trivia, a day to celebrate, or foods to add to the menu, you’re going to find it here!

Resources for teaching through January, including a PDF of January’s Special Days, can be found at the end of this list.

January’s Themes

  • Book Blitz
  • Change Your Stars
  • Clean Up Your Computer
  • Creativity
  • Family Fit Lifestyle
  • Get Organized
  • High Tech
  • Hobby
  • It’s OK To Be Different
  • Mail Order Gardening
  • Mentoring
  • New Year’s Resolutions
  • Polka Music
  • Reaching Your Potential
  • Reference Book
  • Rising Star
  • Shape Up
  • Skating
  • Thank You
  • Train Your Dog
  • Way Finding

January’s Food Themes

  • Apple
  • Apricots
  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Be Kind to Food Servers
  • Bread Machine Baking
  • Candy
  • Dried Fruits
  • Eggs
  • Fiber Focus
  • Hot Foods
  • Hot Tea
  • Meat
  • Oatmeal
  • Prune Breakfast
  • Slow Cooking
  • Soup
  • Wheat Bread

January Awareness

  • Bath Safety
  • Blood Donor
  • Birth Defects
  • Braille Literacy
  • Celebration of Life
  • Eye Care
  • Financial Wellness
  • Glaucoma
  • Quality of Life
  • Personal Self-Defense
  • Poverty in America
  • Prune the Fat
  • Teen Driving
  • Thyroid

January, 2019 Daily Specials (the * means that the special day may fall on a different date each year)

Jan. 1

  • Apple Gifting Day
  • Australia Independence Day 1901
  • Cameroon Independence Day 1960
  • Commitment Day
  • Copyright Law Day
  • The Council on Environmental Quality established 1969
  • Daydreamers Day
  • Diet Resolution Week begins
  • Ellis Island Anniversary 1892
  • Emancipation Proclamation Day 1868
  • Euro Day
  • First Foot Day
  • Global Family Day
  • Haiti Independence Day 1804
  • Hogmanay
  • New Year’s Day
  • New Year’s Resolutions Week begins
  • Paul Revere born 1735
  • Polar Bear Plunge
  • St. Basil’s Day
  • Betsy Ross born 1752
  • Samoa Independence Day 1962
  • Sudan Independence Day 1956
  • Z Day

Jan. 2

  • Berchtold’s Day (Switzerland)
  • Buffet Day
  • Cream Puff Day
  • Georgia Statehood 1788
  • Happy Mew Year for Cats
  • Motivation and Inspiration Day
  • Run Up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day
  • Science Fiction Day
  • Someday We’ll Laugh About Week begins
  • Suffragist Martha Carey Thomas born 1857

Jan. 3

  • Alaska Statehood 1959
  • Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
  • Drinking Straw patented 1888
  • Festival of Sleep
  • Fruitcake Toss Day
  • Humiliation Day
  • Olelo margarine patented 1871
  • J.R.R. Tolkien Day

Jan. 4

  • Blender patented 1910
  • Louis Braille born 1809
  • Burma/Myanmar Independence Day 1948
  • Author Jacob Grimm born 1785
  • Home Office Safety and Security Week begins
  • Hypnotism Day
  • Scientist Issac Newton born 1643
  • Pop Music Chart Day
  • Spaghetti Day
  • Trivia Day
  • Utah Statehood 1896

Jan. 5

  • Bird Day
  • Explorer Zebulon Pike born 1779
  • Twelfth Night
  • Weigh-In Day
  • Whipped Cream Day
  • X-Ray discovered 1896

Jan. 6

  • Apple Tree Day
  • Bean Day
  • Joan of Arc born 1412
  • Bean Day
  • Cuddle Up Day
  • Epiphany
  • Folic Acid Awareness Week begins *
  • New Mexico Statehood 1912
  • Shortbread Day
  • Telegraph First Demonstrated 1838
  • Three Kings Day

Jan. 7

  • President Millard Fillmore born 1800
  • Handsel Monday * (1st Mon.)
  • Harlem Globetrotter’s Day
  • Old Rock Day
  • Plough Monday * (Mon. after the 5th)
  • Programmers’ Day
  • Tempura Day
  • Thank God It’s Monday Day * (1st Mon.)
  • Weigh-In Day * (1st Monday after New Year’s
    Day)

Jan. 8

  • Argyle Day
  • Bubble Bath Day
  • Earth’s Rotation Day
  • Elvis Presley born 1935
  • English Toffee Day
  • Physicist Stephen Hawking born 1942
  • Joygerm Day
  • Midwife’s Day
  • War on Poverty Day
  • Universal Letter Writing Week begins

Jan. 9

  • Apricot Day
  • Balloon Ascension Day
  • Connecticut Statehood 1788
  • 1st Dear Abby Newspaper Column published 1956
  • President Richard Nixon born 1913
  • Static Electricity Day
  • Word Nerd Day

Jan. 10

  • Bittersweet Chocolate Day
  • Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • Houseplant Appreciation Day
  • London Underground begin operating 1863
  • Peculiar People Day
  • !st UN Meeting Anniversary 1944

Jan. 11

  • Scientist Joseph Charles Arthur born 1850
  • Chad Independence Day Celebrated (Actual date Aug. 11, 1960)
  • Cuckoo Dancing Week begins
  • Grand Canyon National Monument dedicated 1908
  • Milk Day
  • Secret Pal Day
  • Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend Day
  • Thank You Day

Jan. 12

  • Clean Your Desk Day
  • Curried Chicken Day
  • Make Your Dream Come True Day
  • Marzipan Day
  • Stick To Your New Year’s Resolution Day
  • Work Harder Day

Jan. 13

  • Author Michael Bond born 1926
  • Composer Stephen Foster born 1864
  • Frisbee introduced 1957
  • Saint Hilary’s Day
  • International Printing Week begins * (week
    including Jan. 17)
  • Make Your Dream Come True Day
  • Peach Melba Day
  • Pizza Week begins * (2nd Sun.)
  • Poetry Break Day
  • Public Radio Broadcasting Day
  • Rubber Ducky Day
  • Skeptics Day

Jan. 14

  • Clean Off Your Desk Week begins * (2nd Mon.)
  • Coming of Age Day – Japan * (2nd Mon.)
  • Dress Up Your Pet Day
  • Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
  • Organize Your Home Day
  • Missionary Albert Schweitzer born 1875

Jan. 15

  • Elementary School Teacher Day
  • Hat Day
  • Humanitarian Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. born 1929
  • Strawberry Ice Cream Day
  • 1st Super Bowl Game (1967)

Jan. 16

  • Appreciate a Dragon Day
  • Fig Newton Day
  • Hot and Spicy Food Day
  • Maintenance Day * (3rd Wed.)
  • Missionary Eric Liddell born 1902
  • Nothing Day
  • Religious Freedom Day

Jan. 17

  • Cable Car Day
  • Ditch New Years Resolutions Day
  • Inventor/Author/Patriot Benjamin Franklin born 1706
  • Fresh Squeezed Juice Week begins
  • Hot Heads Chili Day
  • Kid Inventors’ Day
  • Popeye the Sailor Man debut 1929
  • Women’s Healthy Weight Day *

Jan. 18

  • Bald Eagle Appreciation Day (18 & 19)
  • Peking Duck Day
  • Prayer of Christian Unity Week begins
  • Sanctity of Human Life Day
  • Scott reaches South Pole 1910
  • Thesaurus Day
  • Daniel Webster born 1782
  • Winnie the Pooh Day (A.A. Milne born 1882)

Jan. 19

  • Artist Paul Cezanne born 1839
  • International Flower Day
  • Metric System Day
  • Neon Sign patented 1915
  • Author Edgar Allan Poe born 1809
  • Popcorn Day
  • Tin Can Day

Jan. 20

  • Saint Agnes’s Eve
  • Astronaut Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin born 1930
  • Buttercrunch Day
  • Celebrity Read a Book Week * (last full week)
  • Cheese Lovers’ Day
  • Disc Jockey Day
  • Draw a Dinosaur Day
  • 1st English Parliament 1265
  • Hunt for Happiness Week begins * (3rd full
    week)
  • Meat Week begins *
  • Penguin Awareness Day
  • Rid the World of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day
  • Take Back Your Time Week * (last full work
    week)
  • 1st Webster’s American Dictionary 1825
  • World Religion Day * (3rd Sun.)

Jan. 21

  • Granola Bar Day
  • Hugging Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • New England Clam Chowder Day
  • Squirrel Appreciation Day
  • Sugar Awareness Week begins * (3rd Mon.)

Jan. 22

  • 1st American Postal Route established 1673
  • Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day
  • Blonde Brownie Day
  • Celebration of Life Day

Jan. 23

  • John Hancock born 1737
  • Handwriting Analysis Week begins
  • Handwriting Day
  • Measure Your Feet Day
  • Pie Day
  • School Nurse’s Day * (4th Wed.)

Jan. 24

  • Apple introduced the Macintosh Personal Computer 1984
  • Belly Laugh Day
  • Compliment Day
  • Gold Discovered at Sutter’s Mill 1848  (Other sources say Dec. 5)
  • Peanut Butter Day
  • Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day

Jan. 25

  • Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
  • Burns Night (Scotland)
  • Poet Robert Burns born 1759
  • Clean Out Your Inbox Week begins
  • Saint Dwynwen’s Day
  • Meat Week
  • Opposite Day

Jan. 26

  • Australia Day (founded 1788)
  • Big Garden Bird Watch begins *
  • Michigan Statehood 1837
  • Peanut Brittle Day
  • Pistachio Day
  • Seed Swap Day * (last Sat.)
  • School Choice Week begins
  • Snow Sculpting Week begins *
  • Spouse’s Day

Jan. 27

  • Author Lewis Carrol born 1832
  • Chocolate Cake Day
  • Holocaust Memorial Day
  • Leprosy Day * (last Sun.)
  • Composer Mozart born 1756
  • Punch the Clock Day
  • Vietnam Peace Day 1973

Jan. 28

  • Blueberry Pancake Day
  • Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 1986
  • Fun at Work Day
  • Kazoo day
  • US Coast Guard formed 1915

Jan. 29

  • Corn Chip Day
  • Free Thinkers Day
  • Kansas Statehood 1861
  • President Wm. McKinley born 1843
  • Patriot Thomas Paine born 1737
  • Puzzle Day
  • Seeing Eye Dog Day

Jan. 30

  • Croissant Day
  • Fun at Work Day
  • Mohandas Gandhi assassinated 1948
  • 1st Lone Ranger radio broadcast 1933
  • Preschool Fitness Day
  • President Franklin Roosevelt born 1882
  • Yodel For Your Neighbors Day

Jan. 31

  • Backwards Day
  • Explorer 1 launched 1958
  • Inspire Your Heart With Art Day
  • Nauru Independence Day 1968
  • Composer Franz Schubert born 1797
  • Street Children Day
  • International Zebra Day

Free Printable  –  Special Days in January

January Resources                                             https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/01/01/january-resources/

Here’s my favorite resources for help with teaching special days each month   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

How I use Special Days lists in our homeschool blog series :

Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time

Special Days and Biographies

Special Days and Geography

Special Days and Science

I make my monthly special days lists from several sources including old calendars,  holiday books, newspapers, and the web. If you know of a special day that I do not have listed, please comment and let me know what it is so I can add it in.   Below are the links to my favorite online calendars.

http://www.se7en.org.za/se7ens-january

http://food.unl.edu/january-food-calendar

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/january.htm

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/animal-holidays-celebrations/

http://www.projectbritain.com/calendar/

http://aglobalworld.com/international-independence-days/country-independence-day.php

Have a Happy January!

betty jo

 

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Special Days in August, 2018

The 2018 August calendar has loads of special days!  The following list is made up of August’s holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , famous birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more.  So, if you want an occasion to celebrate, pick up some trivia, or add foods to your menu, this is the right place for you. And, of course you’ll find multiple opportunities for “on the calendar” themed studies for your classroom, homeschool,  co-op/support group, or club.

Resources for teaching throughout the month, including a free PDF of Special Days in August, can be found at the end of this list.

Celebrate Your Name Week

The first full week in March is Celebrate Your Name Week!

  • Sunday – Namesake Day
  • Monday – Fun Facts About Names Day
  • Tuesday – Unique Names Day
  • Wednesday – Discover What Your Name Means Day
  • Thursday – Nametag Day
  • Friday – Middle Name Pride Day
  • Saturday – Decendants Day

Below are some wonderful free resources for learning about names and some activity ideas for added fun.

Celebrating Names Activity Guide and Resources

Find Meaning of Names 

Name Origins, Crest, and History (also related ‘for sale’ products)

Word Art Creator 

Name Art Project

How to Say, “My name is” in 475 Languages

What’s In a Name Game from Funschooling and Recreational Learning

Write a Name Poem

Sticky Note Guessing Name Game

“The Name Game” from the 1965 Hit Song by Shirley Ellis at Youtube

“The Name Game” Lyrics and Music for Karaoke at Youtube

12 Names of Jesus Printable Cards from The Purposeful Mom

Names of Jesus Copywork  Printables from Bible Based Homeschooling

Names of Large Numbers Chart   (because we need a math lesson this week too!)

I hope you’ll enjoy Celebrating your family’s names!

Betty (A diminutive of Elizabeth, meaning My God is plentiful)  Jo (A diminutive of Josephine meaning May Jehovah add. Also diminutive of Joanne meaning God is gracious.)

 

 

 

Fall Festival and Party Games

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Tonight is our local homeschool group’s family night and the theme is “Fall Fest”!  Our families are encouraged to bring a DIY carnival type game.  Complicated construction or expensive materials are just not necessary for great games!  Recyclables and dollar store materials combined with a little creativity is all it takes for fantastic festival fun!

I found lots online resources as I looked around for some ideas, and I’m passing the best ones on to you for your fall parties or just some seasonal play activities for you to make with your children.

Wonderful collection of activities and games! Pumpkin Golf,  Can Game, Pumpkin Bowling, and Candy Corn Toss are just a few of the easy to make and easy to set up game ideas  offered here  http://spaceshipsandlaserbeams.com/blog/party-games/21-halloween-party-games-and-activities

We decided to take this Spider Launch game to the party.  There’s other awesome ideas from this assortment of  25+ Simple Carnival Games   http://frugalfun4boys.com/2015/10/07/carnival-games-kids/

Z’s working on a variation to this Marble Maze STEM activity.  It’s going be a fun challenge to make and play!  We’ll be substituting the marble with a gum ball and using orange and black loops and licorice track to  transform it into a “fall” theme  http://buggyandbuddy.com/paper-plate-marble-maze/

This Paper Plate Pumpkin memory game is super easy to make and set up.  You could attach it to a poster board to hang on the wall if floor space is an issue  Scroll down a little because there’s also a link that takes you to 10 more Simple Halloween Games  http://www.pleasantestthing.com/pumpkin-memory-game

Substitute fall colors and themes with these fun and easy to make DIY Carnival Games that are sure to entertain and challenge  little kids, teens, and grown ups  http://www.mamaslikeme.com/2013/02/diy-carnival-party-games.html

Adorable and fun Fall Carnival Games  to make if you have the time and materials  http://sophie-world.com/blog/six-fall-carnival-games

This Ring Toss Game using a pumpkin and glow sticks is the perfect solution for a last minute, super simple activity.  I’ve seen some interesting gourds at the grocery store that will work marvelously for this idea, too.  If time allows, carving or painting would add a little extra decoration, but certainly not required!

0bc48daeecd772a0fdf3c5898fe020f4Do you have a favorite DIY Fall Festival game?  Please share it!  It would be great to add your ideas to these!

betty jo

 

Free Learning Resources for the Olympic Games

Rio-2016

Our first Special Days unit study of the new school year will be based on the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.  I’ve been lesson planning and collecting resources.  And, I’ve found some fantastic free online learning resources to share with you!

Homepage for the Rio 2016 Olympics!  https://www.rio2016.com/en

Olympic Sports Schedule  http://olympics.nbcsports.com/2016/08/01/rio-olympic-schedules-every-sport/

Meet mascots Vinicius and Tom and learn what they are and who and what they represent  https://mic.com/articles/150180/who-are-the-rio-2016-olympics-mascots-what-to-know-about-vinicius-and-tom#.Td7dxiHhF

Free Summer Olympic Lapbook Printables  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/blog/2016/06/olympics-unit-study-lapbook/

Brazil facts, interactive, and printables  http://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-brazil/

Great selection of Oylmpic and Brazil free printables for all subjects and levels (you’ll need an account and it’s free to set up and won’t take long)   https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Price-Range/Free/Search:summer+olympics

4 Olympic Bible verses and homeschooling ideas  http://whatsinthebible.com/the-2014-olympic-games-four-bible-verses-plus-four-homeschooling-ideas/

Olympic Maps!  Maps and information of participating countries, Brazil, Reno, the torch relay, venues, history, events, and more  http://www.mapsofworld.com/search_result.html?cx=partner-pub-0641096029648877%3A5rb90cypfn0&cof=FORID%3A10&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=2016+summer+olympics&siteurl=www.mapsofworld.com%2F&sa=Search

Olympic Current Event Articles for kids  http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/searchresults.htm?cx=partner-pub-8444815193000008%3A4cxkf2wk1zr&cof=FORID%3A10&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=2016+summer+olympics&sa=Search

Olympic Atheletes’ faith based current event articles for families  http://christianexaminer.com/search

Olympic Vocabulary List with interactive and printable puzzles  https://myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/olympic-sports-vocabulary/

“Lighting the Olympic Torch”, “Swimsuits – What A Drag”,  “Which Olympic Sport…”  math lessons adaptable for any level.  I use this site often and anticipate other Olympic math lessons to be released throughout the next few days  http://www.yummymath.com/

Olympics history and trivia interactive quizzes  http://www.funtrivia.com/quizzes/sports/olympic_games/olympics_history.html

Watch videos that teach about the elements gold and silver  http://periodicvideos.com/

“Mr. Science” with Hooked on Science and a kid scientist explain how your big toe can determine your athletic potential.  http://www.hookedonscience.org/

Play Olympic Interactive Games  http://www.primarygames.com/socstudies/olympics/games.htm

“How to Be a Good Sport” article and tips for kids  with audio and printing options   http://kidshealth.org/en/kids/good-sport.html?WT.ac=p-ra#

“What If I Don’t Like Sports?”  article and tips for kids  with audio and printing options  http://kidshealth.org/en/kids/no-sports.html?WT.ac=k-ra

List of “Sports  Injuries” and athlete health articles with audio and printing options  http://kidshealth.org/en/kids/?search=y&getfields=subject.description&q=sports+injuries&site=kh&client=ms_k_en&output=xml_no_dtd&gsaRequestId=7457070404200936186&filter=0

Learn to speak Portuguese (the official language in Brazil) with flash cards and games. Lots of other Brazil  .http://www.learn-portuguese-now.com/

Portuguese language printable worksheets and quizzes  http://www.enchantedlearning.com/search/?page=1&query=learn+to+speak+portuguese

Lots of Olympic activities, printables, and craft ideas  http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/olympic-games

Brazil and Olympic themed crafts and activities.  I love the coloring page of Rio!  http://www.activitybucket.com/archives/7531

BIG list of Olympic arts and crafts  http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/olympicscraftsideasactivitieskids.html

Fun and easy DIY backyard Olympic Games  ( Javelin Throw, Balance Beam, Discus Throw, Bean Bag Toss and Water Bucket Relay)  http://hoosierhomemade.com/backyard-olympic-games/

Party, food, and activity ideas  http://www.blessedlearners.com/olympic-games-at-family-fun-friday/

Let the Games Begin!  (August 5, 2016)

betty jo

 

 

 

Peanuts

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October 2 marks the anniversary of the very first publication of Peanuts (1950)!  This is one of the October “special days” the kids were interested in.  Yeah, I’m interested, too.  I grew up on Peanuts.   Below are some resource links to follow as we learn and have fun with Peanuts.  

See the first Peanuts Comic!   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:First_Peanuts_comic.png

Peanuts History Article   http://content.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,2022745,00.html

Charles Schultz biography and printables  http://makingartfun.com/htm/f-maf-art-library/charles-m-schultz-biography.htm

Faith Based Video https://www.museumofthebible.org/book/minutes/147

Read Peanuts comic strips free online  http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts

Character Profiles   https://www.peanuts.com/characters/

Step by step instructions for how to draw Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and other Peanuts characters  http://www.dragoart.com/tags/tuts/1/2945/how-to-draw-charlie-brown-characters.htm

Blank Comic Strip Printables for making our own comics  http://www.printablepaper.net/category/comics

The Peanuts  theme song   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQybajU2GNk

Theme Song Piano Lesson   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bh5C1F1QNAg

Theme Song Piano Tutorial   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tidspc7AYkE&t=24s

Easy Theme Song Piano Tutorial for Beginners   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8ASSPA8OLE

Peanuts Quiz (easy)-

What’s Your “Peanuts” IQ?

Peanuts Quiz (difficult) –

http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/arts/artwork/peanuts-quiz9.htm

And in case you’re wondering, I am going to give this study credit for literature (winks), art, music, history, and creative writing.  We may get a PE credit too  –  football kicking and baseball pitching seem to go along with the whole Peanuts theme.

Good Grief!

betty jo